Recognition From Our Many Satisfied Clients
Letter to the Editor concerning the death of Edgar Perez Lopez, son of Marina Robledo, who died in 2009 in a crosswalk on Santa Rosa Avenue:
“As an attorney for the family I wanted to offer some thanks to two people who were not recognized in the article that was written today. In May of 2009, Ms. Robledo, went to local attorney Michael Fiumara to talk about the tragic death of her son. This is obviously a horribly difficult and courageous thing for a mother to do. Michael is a fantastic attorney who has dedicated much of his practice to the underserved latino community here in Sonoma County.
He himself has been active and vocal about the “Streetlight Reduction Program,” and how the latino community is sometimes unequally affected by public policy. Upon reviewing the police report of the fatal accident, Michael quickly recognized that the case involved complex issues of public entity (City) liability and contacted me to work together on the case.
Ms. Robledo fought for her son’s memory with us for 3 years, and even underwent cross-examination by the City’s attorneys. I did not want her courage, nor Michael’s dedication to the family, and the greater latino community, to go unrecognized.”
Jeremy R. Fietz, Esq.
“Thank you, the phrase is simple and the words are few, but behind them lies a world of appreciation.
Special people like you make the world a brighter place.”
“Dear Mr. Fiumara:
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you so very much for the excellent legal representation your Santa Rosa law office provided me early in the year.
I would also like to thank both Monica, and particularly attorney Ms. Anderson for the outstanding job she performed in representing me in court by assisting me in bringing my legal matters to a satisfactory conclusion.
I have enjoyed being represented by your law office: I always knew I was in good hands.
Thank you all once again…”
Maria Isabel Vencez – Santa Rosa, CA
“Thank you for the good work that you did for my son, (client)*. He is getting back on track now and planning his last semester at Georgia Tech. We were uncertain as to how this matter would be resolved, and not being present in court was a great concern to us as to how well (client)* would be defended. You delivered exactly the result that we needed and we are glad to close that chapter of our lives. Thank’s again and God Bless.”
Thomas B. – Georgia, US
* [purposely left out to preserve privacy]
“I have retained Michael Fiumara & his firm twice, my first experience; watching him in action was more than worth the price of admission. I liken his performance to watching Obi Wan Kenobi Jedi mind control the imperial storm troopers. He is an all-star talent, fighting the good fight, for the people in a justice system that is designed to crush all but the very wealthy. This is a lawyer you can trust; he is a man of principle, a man of honor.”
William M. – Santa Rosa, CA.
Outstanding dedication, genuine caring concern, thorough and complete preparation, tireless persistence: “Michael, his partners and his staff were there whatever it took. The DA and courts wanted to destroy a professional’s livelihood with a year of jail time for a DUI, but Michael held their feet to the fire until they agreed to supervised treatment, saving professional practice decades old.
After tragically far more experience with attorneys than anyone should suffer, I know Michael is one in a million. They all claim to care but Michael truly does. He refused to compromise, delivered and won against overwhelming odds.
In an increasingly punitive, hating, fascist world, Michael is a lighthouse. I know of none better.”
– Bob D. – Lagunitas, CA.
“Michael Fiumara and his team have been very helpful to us many times. He is very informative and gets the job done. We would highly recommend Michael for anything involving the public school system, which if it were not for Michael our son many not have graduated. He has also represented our son in other matters as well. We have the utmost confidence in Michael and his office to be extremely professional. We are so grateful to have him as our lawyer.”
– Claudia S. – Santa Rosa, CA.
“My husband and I hired Attorney Michael Fiumara to assist us with a legal issue. We had spoken to several attorneys in the Sonoma County area and were not impressed with any of them until we met Mr. Fiumara.
We knew from the moment we met him that he would be the only person to represent us. Mr. Fiumara is the utmost professional, yet exudes compassion and understanding, listens to what we had to say and ran with the ball until he made everything right. Mr. Fiumara kept us informed of all the court dates, procedures and information changes without ruffling our feathers and kept us out of court as he attended all the necessary appearances on our behalf. He fully understands the legal process, is no nonsense, keeps the lines of communication open at all times and has a courteous and extremely helpful “on the ball” staff.
I can’t say enough about Mr. Fiumara and his staff and feel forever grateful and relieved to have chosen such an incredible and dynamic attorney to represent us through an immensely difficult and frightening time in our lives. We both consider Michael Fiumara to be “our” savior while going through the legal system. He will forever be a friend.”
– Elena C. – Rio Nido, CA
“Was not sure if your firm had seen this … I just wanted to say thank you again to EVERYONE that worked on this… He is doing great in his program and recently graduated his computer class HIGHER than anyone ever has out of this program. He was able to come home for Thanksgiving this past week…first one spent with him in 2 years, thanks to all of you. He sends his best to all and will stop by for a visit as soon as is allowed. Thank you again.”
– Client’s Mother
(This case involved a young man who was involved in a home robbery invasion. He was also in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia at the time. He had a minor criminal record and was facing nine years in San Quentin Prison. After almost a year of negotiating with the District Attorney, we persuaded the Judge to have the defendant sent to San Quentin for a 90-day diagnostic review. In agreement with my analysis, and the findings of our experts, the defendant was found not suitable for prison. We were able to get defendant into a suitable drug treatment program. A nine year prison term was converted into a felony probation sentence with the idea that the defendant would be rehabilitated. This case is significant to me, because we were able to give this young man a new lease on life, and we saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in incarceration costs. A win-win situation!)
“When I think of Michael A Fiumara the statement “Getter Done” comes to mind…”
– Susan Barnett-Kiengsiri
“Just used Fiumara”s service. Top-notch, as far as I am concerned.”
– Ron Pasquariello
“Because your life matters only the finest of legal representation will do. You need representation that will aggressively battle on your behalf.”
– Amy Howder-Thompson
” Michael Fiumara is a dedicated, compassionate lawyer.”
“An awesome attorney if needed.”
“…. I appreciate all your office has done for me in helping me to regain all the losses, and emotional turmoil my family and I have gone through.”
“Dear Michael, I just wanted to write you this note to let you know how much I appreciate all that you have done for me. If it wasn’t for you I’d probably be in Prison. This program has done so much for me. Next week I’ll have 9 months clean and sober. My life has completely changed, and if it wasn’t for your help it wouldn’t be like this. Thank you so much.”
“I like to say thank you very much to you and your staff for all the great work you did for us in regard to the (confidential) letter. We for the first time have peace in the neighborhood… I will gladly use your services again. With great appreciation.”
“Thank you for your efforts on our behalf. Our quality of life has increased 100% and we can only hope it will continue…”
“Thanks for being you. What you have done for me means so much. I will never forget your kindness and professionalism. P.S. Have lunch on me.”
“You are not only a lifesaver, but a very kind and generous man. Harold and I are very thankful for your thoughtfulness and your help. God Bless you.”
– Harold and Reena
“Thank you again for your efforts in settling my case. This has made an incredible difference in my life. Thanks again and take care.”
“Thank you…not just for what you did, which was wonderful, but for the way you did it.”
– Loretta (Personal Injury Client)
“Thank you for everything you have done to help me throughout what was potentially one of the worst times in my life. I learned my lesson and it will never ever happen again!”
– Jeffrey (Criminal Defense Client)
“Your caring attention, time and patience are so appreciated. It makes one trust humanity in knowing that someone like you is there as an advocate for human rights. Thank you so much for your concern and professional advice…”
“…Still walking on clouds, you are the best! How can I thank you enough! You have been an exceptional lawyer but most of all a real beautiful human being. Thank you for giving me my self-esteem back.”
– Denise (Criminal Defense Client)
“You have been so very generous with your time and effort. Enclosed is a small check and I will send monthly installments as I am able.”
– Virginia L.
“Your time is valuable, but I wanted to let you know how grateful I am to you for sharing part of it.”
– Pro Bono client, Fred
“We were thankful to have had you as our attorney. Thank you for caring – thank you also for keeping us well-informed of the progress of our case.”
– Raule and Rene
“It is hard to find enough words to thank you for everything that you have done for me. You were so kind, understanding and compassionate to all my problems. Thank you for sending me to Doctor [purposely left out to preserve privacy]. He is a wonderful man and helped me so much. Thank you for the beautiful card you sent me. I love it. With all my best wishes, ever grateful.”
Well to start, this is the first time I’ve needed to hire a lawyer and Jessyca S. Hoagland was amazing, from beginning to end. From the moment I met Jessyca I could tell feel that she really cared about what I was going through. She made me feel like it was going to be ok, she really put my mind at ease about the situation. The firm really worked with me in figuring out my payment plans, meaning they didn’t want me to pay too much where it would leave me broke from week to week, which was AMAZING. This was a great experience in my criminal court proceedings. From day one, I all I asked was for no jail time, and you know what, that’s exactly what Jessyca made happen!!!! I can’t thank Jessyca enough, because of her I kept my job and Im not in jail right now ****WELL WORTH THE COST*** Thank you Jessyca and the whole firm for my amazing outcome happy holidays
“Dear Michael, Just a quick note to thank you for today. You are so great and gifted at what you do. You really put D. at ease – not to mention me. We appreciate everything you are doing and regardless of the final outcome, I will consider you a friend and one helluva attorney!”